Comparison of complexes formed by a crustacean and a vertebrate trypsin with bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor – the key to achieving extreme stability?


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Abstract

This paper provides evidence for the extremely high resistance of a complex of crayfish trypsin (CFT) and bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor (BPTI) against heating and chemical denaturing agents such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and urea. To dissociate this complex, 15 min boiling in SDS was necessary, compared to a complex of bovine trypsin (BT) (EC 3.4.21.4) and BPTI, which dissociates in SDS without boiling. The CFT–BPTI complex remained stable even in 9 m urea, while the BT–BPTI complex started to dissociate at concentrations of approximately 4 m urea. The melting temperatures of the BT–BPTI and CFT–BPTI complexes, as determined by differential scanning calorimetry, were found to be 79.6 and 100.1 °C, respectively. The behaviour of the apo-enzymes - CFT was found to have a less stable structure compared to BT - did not provide a definite indication regarding the differential effects on their stabilities. To explore the structural features responsible for this extreme stability, we crystallized CFT in complex with BPTI, and identified extended contacts compared to the BT-BPTI complex. Comparison of the B-factors of similar trypsin–trypsin inhibitor complexes suggests that molecular flexibility of the components is also required for the strong protein–protein interaction. Although the structural reason for the extreme stability of the CFT–BPTI complex is not yet fully understood, our study may be a starting point for the development of new protein complexes with enhanced stability.Structured digital abstractBT and BPTI bind by comigration in sds page (View interaction)BPTI and BT bind by comigration in gel electrophoresis (View interaction)CFT and BPTI bind by molecular sieving (View interaction)CFT and BPTI bind by x-ray crystallography (View interaction)BPTI and CFT bind by comigration in gel electrophoresis (View interaction)BPTI and CFT bind by comigration in gel electrophoresis (View interaction)CFT and BPTI bind by comigration in sds page (View interaction)BT and BPTI bind by molecular sieving (View interaction)BT and BPTI bind by differential scanning calorimetry (View interaction)The complex formed between crayfish trypsin and bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor shows unusually high resistance against heating and chemical denaturing agents. In this study, we present biophysical and structural comparisons of structurally highly homologous trypsins and trypsin–trypsin inhibitor complexes to explore what special features are responsible for this extreme stability. Results could be profitable for further protein engineering studies.

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